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Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

By: Iltifat Husain MD, Satish Misra MD

Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our new Top 10 free iPad medical apps piece and the updated version of the top 20 free iPhone medical apps list.  

Earlier in the year we released a “Top 10 Free iPhone Medical Apps” list.  Since then we’ve gotten multiple requests from readers asking us to update the original list.  But when we researched for free medical apps, we were impressed to find many new free ones worth downloading — causing us to make a new Top 20 list.  Just like the last best medical apps list, this list isn’t based on the most downloaded free medical apps in the App Store or on iTunes star ratings.  If you look in the Apple App Store at the current top 10 downloaded free medical apps, the category is still littered with apps called “Dream Meanings”, “Relax Ocean Waves”, and “Beauty List” — worthless to medical professionals.  This list contains no such apps.

Methods: This list was compiled by the senior editors at iMedicalApps — a practicing physician, resident physician, and 4th year medical student.  Over 1,000 free medical apps were parsed through for the formation of this list.  Except for one app – “Lite”, or trial versions of apps were excluded from this list.

Some of the apps that were included in our original list didn’t make the current top 20 list — make sure to read the old list if you want to see the excluded apps.

Sidebar: If you want free apps, make sure to “Like” us on our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter — where we give out tons of free medical apps on our wall.  You can also find interesting commentary on these platforms and it’s where we interact with our readers:,

Due to the numerous pictures of each app, in depth comments, and the systematic nature of this list, each app has it’s own page.  Continue on to access the official iMedicalApps top 20 free iPhone Medical Apps List for medical professionals (iOS4 platform):

1. Medscape

Medscape again tops our list as the number one free medical app for medical professionals.  The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update.  7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.

Many use Medscape as a simple drug reference tool, but its true value is in the disease and condition clinical references it provides.  This is highlighted by some of the below pictures where we show the type of content provided when reading about an AAA.  The Medscape app is actually a mini-textbook packed with protocols for disease pathologies.  It’s not as detailed as the famous Pocket Medicine Red Book — but it does more than an adequate job of providing clinical pearls from the most common to less common pathologies.


- iMedicalApps Full Review of MedScape

iTunes Link to MedScape

Next Medical App: Micromedex


iMedicalApps Team

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44 Responses to Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

  1. drrjv December 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Would be nice if we didn’t have to click through 20 pages!

    • Iltifat Husain December 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      If we had everything load at once it would take forever. There are
      over 100 pictures in this list. Due to the systematic detail put into
      the list and the comprehensive nature we had to split it up. This is
      basically a mini book. The alternative would have been a PDF file -
      don’t think many would have liked that.

      • Werner Barnard May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

        Maybe you could just have a list of app names (active links??) on the first page…..

  2. Drroberta December 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    I tried it last week and think that the lenght of the tests and the pages it spans and will potentially for more compex cases will make it less fun. The developers may have to think of something to addess this…

    • Iltifat Husain January 26, 2011 at 6:35 am #

      which app is this in regards to?

  3. Frank Gaillard December 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Thanks for the review, and thanks for including apps in your list despite the fact that there are ‘lite’ versions.

    We certainly aim to make all our apps useful, even the lite ones. We make all our content available for free online (that is part of our mission – to create the most comprehensive online radiology resource available, for free, for ever, for all). Unfortunately such a project does need funding, and the apps are a way to support us as we continue to improve our site and our apps.

    If any of your readers would like to leave us a comment or suggest improvements, they can visit our feedback forum at

    Thanks again,

    Frank Gaillard
    Editor and founder

  4. Patrick January 5, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    It would be nice, if you add at least an index of the 20 apps to the first page that allows an overview and a quick link to the corresponding app.

    • Iltifat Husain January 26, 2011 at 6:36 am #

      With our site re-launch, we are actually going to address this in the overall user interface. Thanks for the suggestion

  5. Dr.avi January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    It would be very convenient, if there is a print button, that lists the entire post on one page, so that it can be easily printed, and read in continuity.

    • Iltifat Husain January 26, 2011 at 6:36 am #

      This is an interesting thought. We’ll definitely take it into account

  6. Marciamac1 February 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Wish I had a few of these apps yesterday with an ingestion of an OTC supplement on a “body builder” just googling led me to blogs for a list of ingreds and then finally the name of Lean FX. Took longer than I wanted but the ED MD was impressed. I had the right match with Poison Control also.

  7. Aapo Haavisto February 28, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    This app is now non-free (even if it is not very costly)

  8. Jimena Granada N June 17, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    there are all these app for androide???

  9. Karen August 6, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    What is amazing to me is that I was the first generation of physicians using Palm devices for medical apps before they were integrated into smartphones, and the same apps (MedCalc, Epocrates, Medscape) have been around for years and just keep morphing to different platforms and expanded functionality. I gave up on Palm when I moved to the PalmPre and hated it, and have a Blackberry, but now want to move to Iphone or Android. Trying to figure out the best one for med apps and with the best “readability” if I want to do CME, or journal reading, especially as I find a need for slightly larger, crisper text. Old eyes. Any suggestions for best platform/devices?

    • Janos Pataki October 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      iPhone, by a mile. Had a BlackBerry, good for email and calendaring, just useless for anything else. The iPhone is just fantastic. I carry more info around than a library, all quickly accessible. UpToDate, antibiotic guides, calculators. I’d never go back to a BlackBerry (even though it would be subsidized by my hospital, unlike the iPhone.

    • Kim October 25, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      My suggestion for you would be to get an iPad. You can get a bigger display, crisper text and all other features of iPhone, except the phone function, of course. Android is just fake.

    • erica November 18, 2011 at 4:54 am #

      Hi, I suggest an IPAD :)

    • Tania Tabassum January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      I would recommend android. Most of the best medical apps are available on android too plus it’s much easier to organise n move through stuff on android.

  10. Shawn Ammon August 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    You should review the Micromedex drug interaction checker app that is now available for iPhone/iPod in the appstore. If your institution subscribes to Micromedex, the 90 day password for the app for your institution is available on the full web version of Micromedex, by clicking on the word mobile. Most institutional subscriptions can be accessed from computers on the institution’s network at:

  11. nab October 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    can all these apps fit into an ipod with 8gb memory?

  12. Paul Wasserstein, M.D. October 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I reviewed the apps list with interest. Our hospital is about to enter the brave new world of electronic medical records. All of my friends who do this at other hospitals think it adds a huge amount of time to their work day. There are in fact becoming ward clerks. I would like to see a “Siri” based app that allows for direct voice recognition of progress notes and deposition of the note into the EMR. Does such an app exist?

    • Chad Kellett November 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

      Maybe Dragon Dictation is what you’re suggesting? Might not cover everything that you stated, but worth looking at.

  13. med tech April 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Excellent! Really well presented and well compiled.

  14. Tim Richardson, PT May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I am looking for medical calculators that actually download the results to the EMR. Has anybody seen one that does this?

    Otherwise the calculator just decreases face time with the patient.

    Wouldn’t it be great to plug a few numbers into the iPad, have the calculator crunch the numbers and, voila! there’s the diagnosis or risk score or whatever right there in the patient record.

    Thanks for any info you guys can provide.


  15. Zoe August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I’ve just tried to download and Radiopaedia is no longer free.

  16. Susan Swan September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I do a lot of ongoing case management and was wondering if there is an app out there somewhere for keeping track of patients and things to follow up on?

  17. sgorman15 September 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Have you thought of updating this review?

  18. aurelio martinez December 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    is there a similar app in Spanish, or one that can be used by physicians in Mexico ??
    Happy Holidays

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